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Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:13:40 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Common Agricultural Policy needs reform if declines in farmland bird species are to be halted says the RSPB. The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme surveyed 145 common European bird species in 25 countries between 1980 and 2009 and farmland birds were the most at risk species with their numbers at an all time low.

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:43:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Farming and protecting ecosystems go hand-in-hand, say researchers. Agroecosystems combine the two goals for a sustainable future. Can farmers double their production while protecting ecosystems? Absolutely, say researchers from the International Water Management Institute and the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

England's national biodiversity plan

England's national biodiversity plan

Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:44:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The UK government have published a strategy to halt biodiversity decline by 2020, in order to fulfil their commitment under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The strategy includes some ambitious and wide-ranging goals, but are these appropriate?

England's national biodiversity plan

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

New arrivals are crowding out native British species around the UK's coast says a marine charity which is enlisting the public to help map the extent of the invasion. The Marine Conservation Society has launched a Marine Non-native Species ID Guide to help spot these invaders so it can build up a picture of the extent of the influx.

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:08:00 GMT by Elise M. S. Belle

Situated near the south-western border of Cambodia, at the foot of the Cardamom Mountain range, Botum Sakor National Park provides an astonishing diversity of plant and animal species. However, this extraordinary biodiversity is now severely threatened by a range of anthropogenic disturbances, especially illegal logging.

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Otters are the comeback kings

Otters are the comeback kings

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown

The return of otters to every county in England is a mark of healthy waterways, say conservationists. Thirty years ago their numbers had declined by a staggering 95%. Now, thanks to a generation of conservation work tending to rivers and waterways, the otter population has seen a dramatic boom returning to every county in England.

Otters are the comeback kings

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A penguin found thousands of miles off course in New Zealand will be tracked online as he returns to the deep south. 'Happy Feet', a juvenile Emperor Penguin, was washed up on Peka Peka beach close to Wellington in June, around 3,000 miles from where he should have been.

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:29:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

WWF, the wildlife charity, says the decision by the body which monitors illegal trade in endangered species to close the doors on its discussions over the ivory trade risk harming the body's credibility.

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:09:23 GMT by Kieran Ball

The WWF is reporting that the Irrawaddy dolphin population in the Mekong river is on the verge of extinction. Irrawaddy dolphins could disappear from the Mekong river if action is not taken soon. That's the message from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), having conducted 11 studies of dolphin populations in the area between 2007 and 2010.

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:37:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Tuna and billfish are among the most economically important species in our seas, however, they are also suffering at the hands of overfishing and according to the first study of its kind on global populations, seven species are now 'threatened' by fishing.

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:27:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A camera trap study spanning three continents and seven countries has taken some 52,000 images, allowing a rare glimpse into the lives of some of the world's most endangered mammals. The study has made it clear that habitat loss and fragmented forests are detrimental to the survival of many species.

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A British environmental charity says that China's regulated trade in legal big cat skins provides the perfect cover for those engaged in dirtier practices. The EIA has written to the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao to urge action to match pledges made on tiger conservation.

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Keep your eyes peeled for the leatherback turtle this month in the UK, says the Marine Conservation Council - and let them know about your sightings. These monstrous paddlers are most common in the UK's waters at this time of year, as they follow the jellyfish swarms northwards.

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chile has banned the practice of shark-finning which costs up to 73 million sharks their lives each year. Shark fins are usually sold to the Far East, where they are made into shark fin soup. The toll on some of the ocean's biggest and baddest predators can be terrible - they are often de-finned before being dumped, still alive, back into the sea.

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Go down to the woods

Go down to the woods

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is encouraging the British public to celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of forests and woods, Jessica Allan highlights the importance of their campaign. In global climate change; trees act as carbon sinks, so their loss increases the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.

Go down to the woods

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists from the University of California have thrown new light on how invasive species can affect local ecosystems, even after their removal from the environment. The Kudzu Vine, Brown Tree Snake, the Common Carp, Garlic Mustard and the Blue Mussel - just a few of hundreds of invasive species threatening ecosystems across the planet.

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

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Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Protecting the 'known unknowns' from extinction

Posted Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Pacific conservation resurgence

Posted Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Felling forests: Russia's way for highways

Posted Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:20:03 GMT by Paromita Pain

Horses: Cruel victims of lucrative drug trade

Posted Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:38:23 GMT by Paromita Pain

Britain's Mistletoe Under Threat

Posted Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:50:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

Conservation and sport help turtles

Posted Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

World Wetlands Day - 2nd February

Posted Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:21:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Pollution driving sea stars to evolve apart

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Losing our ocean life?

Posted Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:48:00 GMT by Peter Kahare